Haryana Police denied rumors of widespread violence in the state associated with the exhibition of the film Padmaavat and reassured cinema-goers of "full protection". In some states, including Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat and Haryana, the members of Karni Sena have resorted to burning posters and vandalising the ticket counter of the movie theatres. Despite prohibitory orders in Gurgaon, hundreds of Shree Rajput Karni Sena supporters also protested at Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway. ZeeNews reports that no student was injured in the attack.
Neither of the two parties have been willing to anger the Karni Sena, which commands influence on the Rajput vote-bank and has been leading protests against the 190-crore movie based on an epic poem.
As police tried to disperse them, the duty magistrate gave an order to fire in the air. "People are coming and watching it", he said. As many as 31 persons have been arrested in connection with yesterday's (Wednesday's) incident of violence at some places.
A Haryana Roadways bus was also set ablaze and another vandalised in Bhondsi area of Gurugram district by a group of around 50 men to protest against the release of "Padmaavat".
Ahead of the release of the, Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) was imposed in Gurugram on Tuesday.
"Some of the bus windows shattered and terrified kids cried for help". Earlier, on Wednesday some mob attacked one of the private school bus when the school kids were on their way to home.
Besides the above, five people were arrested in another vehicle-related incident and another 8 were taken into preventive custody, mostly in Gurgaoin.
"All the halls and malls that were showing the film were given sufficient police force for protection. If the Khattar government can not enforce the rule of law it must resign", the Congress leader added.